faith & alex

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These two make my heart all warm and mushy. Last weekend when I was in Ithaca, I was able to see my dear friend Faith and her husband Alex before they hopped on a plane to Australia.

Backtracking a bit, I met Faith while interning at a community radio station two summers ago. We became close friends and I now consider her one of my most cherished sisters. This past year, Faith took off on a cross country roadtrip in her van “Hayduke.” As a passionate environmental activist, she ended up at Standing Rock, North Dakota, a protest camp set up by the indigenous population to resist the Dakota Access Pipeline. There, she met and married Alex.

These two truly inspire me with their commitment to a sustainable lifestyle and liberated existence. In anticipation of their voyage to Australia, Alex’s home country, they set up The Earthling Dream. Their mission statement is beautiful: “We’re on a mission together — to live in the present, to nurture our love, and to build a lifestyle that is compatible with the health of this planet.”

I cannot wait to follow their journey and I encourage you to do the same. We all have something to learn from their values.

During their going away party two weeks ago, we snuck outside to snap some photos. These snaps are still making me smile. Enjoy.

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weekending – ithaca

Hey friends! I have been sick in bed for the past few days fighting a pretty ruthless virus. Some forced downtime never hurts though, I suppose. This rainy, sleepy day seems like a good time to share some snaps from last weekend’s visit to Ithaca.

I took my boyfriend down to my old college town for the first time, introducing him to my favorite spots and my favorite people. Many of my closest friends, including my brother, are still living there, so it was a great time. We saw some live music, ate great food and wandered around town. Weekends like these always feel like a reset for my soul, keeping me in check and reviving me at the same time. As always, I am looking forward to my next visit.

Here are a few miscellaneous snaps from the weekend, including a few rare shots of me.

What are you up to this weekend?

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weekend visits

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Now that I am back in Rochester, I am getting to know the city in a whole new light. This is why it is extra fun when friends come to visit. I get to show them my favorite spots and let them see this place through my eyes.

Last weekend, my dear friends/favorite couple came to visit. Wandering around Rochester with Jesse and Val was such a joy! They came for the sweetest day trip and it was perfect. We sipped coffee, drove around, shivered next to the falls, and chatted away.

I recently had a similar experience when my lovely friend Faith and her husband Alex came to Rochester for an evening. Living within driving distance of some of my favorite people is such a treat, and believe me, I am cherishing it.

Here are a few snaps from Jesse and Val’s happy, sunny visit.

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(more) brother

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I suppose the benefit of being a photographer-musician sibling pair is that my brother gets to frequently update his promotional photos, and I get to add snaps to my portfolio. We collaborated during my recent trip to Ithaca, and it was such a good time. I really like taking his portraits, mostly because it really pushes my style. He prefers a grainy film-like look, while I usually go for brighter, crispy photos for my clients.

Here are some of my favorites from the bunch. We discovered the roof of a downtown parking garage and took advantage of it. I lived in Ithaca for years and never even thought to venture up there. Needless to say, my wheels are turning for what else I might be able to shoot up there.

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